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Old 01-30-2016, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
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I was fortunate enough to have had a practice retirement, since the contract that I was on had its ups and downs, and finally ended. So, this past year, I worked part time sometimes, from home sometimes, and not at all sometimes. I found out that it was enjoyable not to need to get up for work, and to only get up for the dogs (to let them out).. When I am thinking that I miss work, I read the employment forum, and rejoice that I no longer need to deal with the pettiness, favoritism and self-centeredness of the work place. Since I am working on a doctorate part time and have a big house, I do not lack for things to do....
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:20 AM
 
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Congrats !!!!
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Congratulations! You have earned this and soon you will enjoy your freedom!
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Congratulations! I have a couple of years to go and I can't wait. I'm sure it will be weird at first though.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I know exactly how you feel orngkat. I quit my job last July 31st. I'm a little ways away from retirement age but I just couldn't take another minute of my job. I thought I would try on those retirement shoes for a couple of months and reassess whether I wanted to re enter the job market after a much needed break.

So far the answer is NO


If you're like me you will feel like you're just on vacation and that you will have to go back to work. For me that lasted about three or four months.

I had the added stress of giving up a pretty good wage and living off of what we have coming in. After six months of not spending any where near what's coming in I'm beginning to feel pretty secure.

After the honeymoon phase and the newness of being unemployed wears off you may start to get a little bored, especially in the winter months. You have to find things to do. For me it's all about the fun. You can't sit around. The depression sets in, the pot belly grows, and health problems start.

So far in the last two weeks we've been roller skating three times, ice skating twice, skiing twice, to a play, and have had dinner and lunch dates with friends three times. Oh yeah I forgot about my birthday weekend when the shorties came on Friday, a sleep over Saturday and fun day Sunday with the girls that come every month, and on Monday with another group of shorties.

Then there's projects and one waiting for me at one of my besties house.

The best advice I can give you orngkat is to keep moving and have fun!!! Those working days along with the stress that goes with it will soon be a distant memory. Yes there are people that I miss but I have the option of going back and visiting them whenever I want. So far I haven't been back. My bad? Nah. Just enjoying life to the fullest now.
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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After the honeymoon phase and the newness of being unemployed wears off you may start to get a little bored, especially in the winter months. You have to find things to do. For me it's all about the fun. You can't sit around. The depression sets in, the pot belly grows, and health problems start.
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The part I bolded represents my point of view also. Yet our point of view doesn't seem to be shared by everyone, as a fairly large number of posters profess to be quite content and satisfied to be aimless and to do essentially nothing. May they prosper and thrive, because I know I wouldn't under those conditions!

We seem to have the medical epidemiologists on our side in the aggregate, however.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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The part I bolded represents my point of view also. Yet our point of view doesn't seem to be shared by everyone, as a fairly large number of posters profess to be quite content and satisfied to be aimless and to do essentially nothing. May they prosper and thrive, because I know I wouldn't under those conditions!

We seem to have the medical epidemiologists on our side in the aggregate, however.

I think it also depends on how old you are when you retire. I was only 58 and my job was highly physical. Putting on the breaks after spending decades in constant motion was an adjustment to say the least. There was one week that I spent a solid nine hours riding my bike, and until the wee hours of the morning as I adjusted to not working on the night shift.

Had I been 65 or 67 when I retired my activity level may have been next to zero and I may have been too spent to move. My job takes it's toll both physically and mentally.

I see four of my dear ones with health issues now and a couple of them are younger then I am One had a heart attack, one is on his fourth heart attack and fifth stroke another girlfriend younger then I just had a mild stroke, and one was in his forties with prostate cancer and now leukemia. We think he got it from his testosterone replacement therapy. The one common denominator that they all had was that they were all overweight and not active, so I have to agree with your last sentence. He and his wife are both at least fifty pounds over weight and I worry about them. They are playing with fire, and I sure don't miss seeing people my age or younger on ventilators.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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The part I bolded represents my point of view also. Yet our point of view doesn't seem to be shared by everyone, as a fairly large number of posters profess to be quite content and satisfied to be aimless and to do essentially nothing. May they prosper and thrive, because I know I wouldn't under those conditions!

We seem to have the medical epidemiologists on our side in the aggregate, however.
It must depend on the definition of "nothing". Some people don't consider something an "activity" unless they are active - physical, out of the house stuff. Others consider doing in-depth online research or reading to be an activity though it is anything but physical!

Maybe the key is what is the percentage that is "aimless" stuff (though some of that is good for you too!) vs. disciplined with some goal or end in mind.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It must depend on the definition of "nothing". Some people don't consider something an "activity" unless they are active - physical, out of the house stuff. Others consider doing in-depth online research or reading to be an activity though it is anything but physical!

Maybe the key is what is the percentage that is "aimless" stuff (though some of that is good for you too!) vs. disciplined with some goal or end in mind.

Wives With Knives on Investigation Discovery is pretty good. So is Paternity Court.

I think so many of uswent throughour careers with a lot of structure involved with the job (I taught) so a life style without structure is something new to be explored.


A couple of funny things about my retirement. I mentioned I still get up in the morning, and go to bed at night, when I did while working. Also when I was working I looked forward to weekends when I wouldn't shave. Now I shave every day, even days when I'm going to be in a goose blind by myself or doing something else solo. Which is most of the time anyway.


What I've found is that I'm still trying to figure out how I got all the things done that I do when I was working too.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I think so many of uswent throughour careers with a lot of structure involved with the job (I taught) so a life style without structure is something new to be explored.


A couple of funny things about my retirement. I mentioned I still get up in the morning, and go to bed at night, when I did while working. Also when I was working I looked forward to weekends when I wouldn't shave. Now I shave every day, even days when I'm going to be in a goose blind by myself or doing something else solo. Which is most of the time anyway.

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Interesting about the shaving, North Beach. Several years ago (if I recall correctly) I started a thread inquiring if the retired men still shaved every day. If I have no reason to shave, I often let it go for three or four days in a row. Of course "reason to shave" can vary widely among us. For me, a "reason to shave" would be a dentist or doctor appointment, a classical music concert, lunch or dinner with a friend, or meeting the public in a semi-official capacity.
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